Brian Lee Crowley

Big government isn’t always best

I was asked to speak to the Maine Municipal Association in September. The topic: Would amalgamation of towns and school boards save money and improve administration?  It’s an issue that is front and centre in the State of Maine as State elections loom and the Executive of the association turned to an outside expert for some unbiased counsel. The advice I provided appeared earlier in October in an Op Ed that ran in the Maine Sunday Telegram and the Kennebec Journal.

Three weeks later, we see the message spreading digitally up and down the coastal regions of the State on Seacoastonline.com in a guest editorial, Big government isn’t always best. The medium is different, but message is the same:

“Maine politicians and voters would do well to remember that academic research and experience in Canada and elsewhere show there are good reasons for thinking that bigger government is less efficient and responsive than smaller governmental units.”

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